Thursday, July 25, 2013

Enervon Activ Runner's Summit

August 17, 2013, Saturday, 8:00am To 5:00pm
Jose Y. Campos Hall, Bayanihan Center
8008 Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

A whole day learning program for runners aspiring to progress better through the help of top coaches, sports science experts, and sports nutritionist. Sessions includes running physiologies and proper sports nutrition.

Who Can Join?
Runners who are planning to run longer distances in their future races or the Run United Philippine Marathon are encouraged to join this summit.


SPEAKER: University Of Santo Tomas, Sports Science Department

  • Physiology and Biomechanics of Running
  • Conditioning for Running
  • Injury Prevention Techniques

  • Everyday Eating for Active People (Know your Macro & Micronutrients & Fluids
  • The Science of Eating for Sport Success (Fueling Before, During, & After Long Distance Running)

SPEAKER: Mr. Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza
  • Motivation for Endurance Runners 
  • Mental Fitness Preparation Techniques

REGISTRATION PERIOD: July 17 to August 10, 2013


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Monday, July 15, 2013

Lose Weight, Get Active… Fight Diabetes! Goes Back To Manila

The Philippine Diabetic Athletes (PDAT), a non-stock, non-profit organization that seeks to inspire, educate, and encourage Filipino diabetics to manage their disease through an active and healthy lifestyle, is holding its last leg of their seminar series titled “Lose Weight, Get Active… Fight Diabetes!” 

Following the success of the World Diabetes Day celebration held November last year at the Glorietta 5 Activity Center, PDAT continues to extend the reach of their advocacy to different parts of the Philippines. These series of seminars aim to educate and empower diabetics by bringing notable doctors, nutritionists, and coaches to different areas in the Philippines.

The fifth leg of “Lose Weight, Get Active… Fight Diabetes!” will be held on July 21, 2013 (Sunday), from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at The Glorietta 4 Activity Center. Diabetics, candidates for diabetes, as well as their family members are invited to be a part of this event to gain a deeper understanding of the disease, and learn about lifestyle changes that can help lessen the impact of diabetes in their daily lives.

This event is FREE to the public.


10:30 am. - 11:30 a.m.    Active Living: The Natural Way to Control Diabetes
Find out how sports and active living can improve your well-being.
Speaker: Cecile Gonzales - Endocrinologist

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    The Baron Method
 Improve your eating habits to better your quality of life - learn how to make food fight diabetes.
Speaker: Mr. Harvie de Baron – Sports Nutritionist

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.     Running Basics
Start running by getting into a sustainable running program.
Speaker: Coach Titus Salazar – Running Coach

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.    Useful Strategies in the Management of Competitive Athletes with Diabetes
Participate in sports safely and effectively: strategies on how to properly utilize energy for active diabetics.
Speaker: Dr. Richard Elwyn Fernando - Diabetologist

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     The Diabetic Athlete: A Different Kind of Animal
Compete at the Highest level: some tips on how to make a good diabetic athlete even better.
Speaker Dr. Edgar Eufemio – Orthopedic Surgeon

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.    How to Prevent Diabetes
Consider the right lifestyle choices that can help prevent the disease.
Speaker: Dr. Joy Arabelle C. Fontanilla - Endocrinologist

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Philippine Diabetic Athletes, Inc. (PDAT). For more information you may email and look for Ms. Amanda Manait, PDAT Secretariat.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

In Choosing Your Races

In the evolution of races in the Philippines, it has become more and more improved compared to the previous ones. Also, race organizing evolved to become a perfection in giving quality races. We all know everything is fueled by money, more means more, and thus the increase of registration fees are inevitable. From what I know from the time I started out 21K races would cost around 500-600 pesos but now it will cost you around a thousand pesos.

We all have a choice, and we must do it wisely!

Lets do some math. Since running has become a hype, there is seldom a week that there's no race that will happen on a Sunday, they even have Saturday races now. Lets just say you are a very dedicated runner who wants to join all races of Sundays in a 21K distance, assuming that the registration fee is 800 pesos. Registration Fee of 800 pesos x 4 Sundays of the month = 3,200 pesos, and that's just registration fees. How about your transportation? food? nutritional expenses like buying gels and other stuffs you use on races? Lets say you spend 500 pesos on that. Miscellaneous expenses of 500 x 4 Sundays of the month = 2,000 pesos. If we are to tally everything, 3,200 + 2,000 = 5,200 pesos is what you spend in a month. Ofcourse if you are rich 5,200 pesos is nothing but what if you are a regular office employee with a take home pay of 10,000 pesos? That will leave you with 4,800 pesos to spend on your needs and necessities, and most probably you will spend your days living like a pauper until the next payday. If you would venture into Triathlons, Aquathlons, Duathlons, Ultra Distance Running and other races that requires you to get out of the city, then prepare to get yourself into spending more.

A sample computation of what your expenses will be in a month... Huge!

I've heard some runners complaining about the cost of registration fees of races nowadays, not realizing that organizers also spends a lot to give quality races to all its customers. In the Philippines, everything is becoming expensive that the cost needs to be adjusted in order to create the best race and where do you think they will they get the funds for it? Ofcourse from the Sponsors and the turnout of the registration. It's just a simple supply and demand chain.

If we can't do anything about the price increase, the best way to do is to choose our races wisely. So for runners like me who are just regular income earners, it is but wise to plan out our races.

Here are some of the questions I ask myself before I shell out for registration:

1. Is this race worth the bucks? - Some races may be expensive, but you'll get more than what you paid for but ofcourse, some are just expensive. Know what you will get; if there's a singlet, finisher shirt, loot bags and medals. It's your right as a consumer to know your options well.
2. Will this race happen near my place? - I avoid races that will require me to spend much time on travelling since races are so early in the morning and it's not safe to travel alone without a car, and ofcourse it's expensive to take a cab. I take races which is mostly just near my area where I can just walk to and walk back home afterwards (Which is BGC).
3. Is there a beneficiary? - As an advocate of diabetes awareness, I am also devoted to support other causes. It is important for me to know who is the beneficiary of the race so I would have a feel good aura when I think that I spent my money for a cause. 
4. Is the Race Organizer a good one? - Nothing major for me but this will somewhat give you an idea on how will the race turn out as a whole since you can check the races that they have handled before. I just want to be sure of what I would be expecting during the race, or if I should bring extra supplies come race day.
5. Do I really want to join this race? - Sometimes, you just register for a race  because you feel you need to have a race every Sunday. This is not necessary. The road is free, run on it!

Also, here are some tips on saving up for races and registration fees:

1. Join contest! - There are lots of online contest on Facebook and Blogs that offers free registration for those who will win their contest. It's worth a try! Check out Pinoy Fitness, and other runner blogger sites on my blogroll.
2. Make a race bucket list - Great races happens mostly every year. Put it in your bucket list and stick with it!
3. You have a running group? Register as a group! - Race Organizers usually gives discounts on mass registrations.
4. Eye for the early bird registration - Some races have an early bird rate you can take advantage of.
5. Race with friends, go to races together, carpool! - It's fun to join races together with friends, and it will cut your transportation cost too!

The road is free. Run on it! (Photo credits to Running Atom)
Just a piece of thought: Running on a race is a great way to enjoy the route with friends safely, but it doesn't mean that you cannot do it out of the race. Why don't you and your friends plan on a group run? It would be a great bonding moment and you get to run on places that you like to go to together without spending too much money. Just pick those races you will join in when you want to compete or hit a PR, if not, just run at your own place, at your own pace!

So I'll see you on the road during races or not. Just wave and say "hi!"

Good Vibes everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^